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Lt. Joseph P. DiBernardo Memorial Training Seminar
Lonestar Edition 

2022

Two Days Firefighter Hands-On Training
April 8 – 9, 2022

The Woodlands Emergency Training Center
16135 IH-45 South
Conroe, TX 77385

Train for your next response with hands-on opportunities including:

LIVE FIRE

Residential Fire Operations
Firefighters will perform various evolutions designed to develop skills on the fire ground at residential structure fires. Many skills will be taught and performed including: hose handling, forcible entry, laddering, VEIS, search and communications. There will be live fire with smoke and heat conditions in the burn building with seasoned instructors guiding you through
each evolution.

Commercial Fire Operations
Firefighters will perform various evolutions designed to develop skills on the fireground at commercial structure fires. Many skills will be taught and performed including: hose handling, forcible entry, laddering, VEIS, search and communications. There will be live fire with smoke and heat conditions in the burn building with seasoned instructors guiding you through
each evolution.

Apartment Fire Operations
Firefighters will perform various evolutions designed to develop skills on the fire ground at garden-style structure fires. Many skills will be taught and performed including: hose handling, forcible entry, laddering, VEIS, search and communications. There will be live fire with smoke and heat conditions in the burn building with seasoned instructors guiding you through each evolution.

VES/VEIS
Instructors will discuss the benefits and needs to implement VES/VEIS and how to properly conduct the operation, whether on a ground floor, from a ground ladder, or an aerial ladder. Students will learn the proper techniques from an experienced instructor, as well as several tricks of the trade.

LPG Fires
This class is multifaceted in that you will learn coordinated hose/nozzle commands as well as the safe handling of Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) emergencies. Under the direction of an experienced instructor, the student will learn to handle and control live flammable gas releases of an LPG tank and “Christmas Tree” prop.

Fire Behavior/Flashover
This isn’t just about flashover and the modern fire curve! This course is designed for the firefighter to increase their knowledge on what is actually happening around them in a fire building. The course will begin with a short classroom presentation followed by a rotation of live burns that demonstrate each and every aspect of the presentation under real fire conditions. Students will see first-hand changes on the fire ground including: fire growth, proper and improper ventilation, oxygen limited fires, roll over, flashover and more! Students will also
operate with a Thermal Imaging Camera and learn the proper use of the CAN!

Fire Behavior/Flashover
This isn’t just about flashover and the modern fire curve! This course is designed for the firefighter to increase their knowledge on what is actually happening around them in a fire building. The course will begin with a short classroom presentation followed by a rotation of live burns that demonstrate each and every aspect of the presentation under real fire conditions. Students will see first-hand changes on the fire ground including: fire growth, proper and improper ventilation, oxygen limited fires, roll over, flashover and more! Students will also
operate with a Thermal Imaging Camera and learn the proper use of the CAN!

TECHNICAL RESCUE

Confined Space Rescue
Sixty percent of would-be rescuers die when attempting to rescue a worker in a confined space. This program is designed for the technical rescue firefighter to enhance their knowledge
of confined space emergencies. Various techniques will be shown and performed by the student in our confined space simulator. This is a great opportunity to complete your annual refresher or
enhance your skills with experienced instructors.

Trench Rescue
Trench and excavation rescues are extremely dangerous emergencies that can happen anywhere and at any time. This program is designed for firefighters trained in technical rescue, work in a support roll or are interested in being on a technical rescue trench team. Students will discuss the hazards of these operations, utilize various equipment and remove a victim from a live trench.

High-Angle Rope Rescue
This course shows the new rescuer the tips and tricks for the basic high-angle rescue incident. Choosing the appropriate patient packaging and lowering system set-up will allow the rescue team to operate safely, more efficient and overall stronger. Propper set-up and rigging of the Stokes Basket in vertical and horizontal lowering, as well as the SPEC Pack will provide the kills for the majority of team-based rescues.

High-Lines/Tension-Diagonal w/Reeve Systems
Swift, rapid-rising and high-water incidents are all too common across the U.S. Of the many skills utilized in water rescue, reeve systems have a less common niche. Although many rescuers will never need the high-line in a live rescue, this class challenges the students and uses gravity to play the part of moving water. After this class, the experienced rescuer will understand
the construction/build, workings and applications of such systems.

Low-Angle Rope Rescue
This class will help the new rescuer better understand the rescue knots and systems, while providing the additional tools for frequently occurring incidents in many locations, such as rising water emergencies.

Structural Collapse
Success during the initial hours of a structural collapse are critical in the survivability rates of victims. In this class students will learn the proper techniques to size up the collapse and determine existing and potential hazards, protect against secondary collapses, choose and deploy the correct equipment and affect a successful rescue while maintaining the safety of the rescue team.

Pick-Offs & Window Washer Scaffolds (Swing Staging)
Technician-Level skills have limited use in most urban and suburban-based rescues, yet we require our rescue teams be fully-capable. This class covers some of these skills in a format more commonly used by most technical rescue teams. These skill stations will create individual challenges for the students.

SKILLS

Hose, Stair Stretches, Hook-Ups
Not all hose line operations are performed in the same way. This course is designed to teach proper methods of selecting the proper lengths of hose lines, hooking-up, stretching hose lines and operating in stairwells and multi-story buildings. The course will consist of hands on operations in a multi-story structure. Instructors will work with students on tasks that are constants and that will always be performed before firefighters advance a hose lines into the harm’s way.

Forcible Entry
Firefighters encounter many obstacles when trying to enter into a fire building to save lives and get water on the fire quickly and efficiently. This program is designed to enhance firefighter’s skills to enter as quickly as possible. Various tools and techniques will be addressed by experienced instructors.

Large Vehicle Stabilization
This class is design to challenge the firefighter with difficult extrication scenarios that are not everyday occurrences. Large vehicles are staged in precarious positions with viable victims trapped that must rely on proactive firefighters to save them. Students will use various tools and equipment while utilizing proven techniques under the guidance of seasoned instructors to successfully extricate the victims.

Aerial Operations
This program will discuss the advantages/disadvantages of the tower ladder, rear-mount ladder and mid-mount aerial ladders as both an offensive and defensive tool on the fire ground. The basic steps of how to use each of the aerials to its maximum capability will be presented in an organized approach from start to finish. The program will emphasize the importance of getting this apparatus in position early and the advantages it can provide the department throughout the incident. This interactive presentation will have various discussions and then move out to the training field to set up and operate aerial apparatus on the buildings to be used at their maximum potential.

Standpipe Operations
Not all standpipe operations are performed in the same way. This course is designed to teach proper methods of utilizing a standpipe system, sprinkler systems, hooking-up to FDCs, understanding PRVs, stretching hose lines and operating multiple lines. The course will begin with a classroom presentation followed by hands on operations utilizing the Affordable
Standpipe Prop. Instructors will work with students on tasks that are constants and that will always be performed before firefighters advance a hose lines into the harm’s way.

Rapid Intervention Team/Mayday/Firefighter Down
This course is designed for the Firefighter and Fire Officer to enhance their ability to operate proficiently as a Rapid Intervention Team. Students will go through various stations utilizing different equipment and rescue techniques in zero visibility to save our own. The following skills will be covered: air management, emergency communications, downed firefighter removal techniques, and self-survival skills.

SCBA Confidence
This class is designed to help build confidence with SCBA usage while navigating a challenging maze. This class will benefit entry level firefighters as well as a seasoned veteran. Students will be using many different training props throughout this course. Upon completion of this class, students will walk away an increased level of confidence of their SCBA.

Through-the-Floor Rescue
Unfortunately for firefighters, falling through-the-floor presents a risk any time you are operating above the fire floor; too many times this scenario has had deadly results. In this
class, students will use various techniques and tools to rapidly rescue firefighters that are trapped in the floor, as well as having fallen completely through the floor.

Vertical Ventilation
The ventilation class includes the reasons for, and advantages and disadvantages of the different types of ventilation as they relate to building construction and procedures. Students will discuss fire behavior as it relates to building construction and its relationship with fuel load, occupancy type and its place in the list of tactical priorities. The recognition of signs
and methods of preventing potential backdrafts and flashovers is an important part of this class. Advantages and disadvantages of vertical, horizontal and forced ventilation are discussed.

Window Bailout
Lt. Joseph P. (“Joey”) DiBernardo lost his life as the results of his injuries suffered on Black Sunday after attempting the self-rescue by bailing-out of a 4th floor window (5-stories above
grade level). This class will discuss the different techniques of a successful window bailout and ladder bailout.

Ropes/Knots/Systems
This is an introduction (classroom & hands-on) into the world of rescue knots, the systems and hardware used on rescue scenarios. This is the perfect class as a refresher for the experienced rescue technician, as well as the newer firefighter desiring the basic
knowledge of a rescue technician.

Basket Tendering/Self-Rescue Techniques
Technician-Level skills have limited use in most urban and suburban-based rescues, yet we require our rescue teams be fully-capable. This class covers some of these skills in a format more commonly used by most technical rescue teams. These skill stations will create individual challenges for the students.

Classroom Firefighter Training
April 10, 2022

The Woodlands Emergency Training Center
16135 IH-45 South
Conroe, TX 77385

The Lt. Joseph P. DiBernardo Memorial Training Seminar Lonestar Edition will feature world-class fire service instructors who will discuss relevant topics that are sure get you ready for your next call!

Keynote Speaker – To Be Announced

BLACK SUNDAY
Firefighter Jeff Cool, Rescue 3 (Retired)
FDNY

ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION HOSTED BY NATIONAL FIRE RADIO
FDNY Chief of Department Thomas Richardson (Retired), Mike Dugan, Mike Ciampo, Ray McCormack, Kevin Yoos, Mo Davis, Aaron Heller, Steve Sanguedolce, Larry DiCamillo, Matt Paglione, Dan MacAuley, Richie Stack, Mike O’Hare, Danielle Wilson, Dave Gallagher, Mario Badillo, and Wayland Kelley

THE FUNCTIONAL FIRE COMPANY
Chief Scott Thompson
The Colony Fire Department
Proudly Sponsored by Affordable Drill Towers

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